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    Long Overdue I cleaned the Bowl of the Kettle

    I've never cleaned it. But the sweeper was difficult to sweep. I tried a hot burnoff. It worked while it was hot. So, I went to Weber and found a video. There are millions on YouTube but I wanted a simple search. Video attached. I added one step. After scraping with the S.S. brush (I used S.S. pads too), sprayed with Dawn Power Wash and let it sit a few minutes. Then soapy water and elbow grease. I did do more scraping too. End result is clean but not perfect. But the one touch sweeper now goes smoothly with no effort. I also placed the SnS DnG in. I expect it to be a permanent fixture to mitigate drippings. I really only use the Kettle for indirect with the SnS.

    EDIT: lapse in memory. Used with the Vortex but I'll remove and use foil with a hole for the heat to focus up through the Vortex.

    Last edited by RichieB; May 7, 2024, 03:40 PM.

    #2
    The glass cleaner is something I haven’t used on the outside before. I do get some build up and then dust collects on it even after being covered. I need to deep clean my kettle, so will give that a try. I need to knock off the carbon build up on my Weber gasser as well, just need to remember to do before I start cooking next time at the lake. That’s when I always see that stuff, when I start cooking!

    also, you mentioned the DnG - do you use that in place of foil on the indirect side of the grill? I know that makes a huge difference, for me having foil down (I don’t have a DnG).

    Thanks for sharing the video.

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      #3
      That was my problem, I didn't use anything so the build up.

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        #4
        What? You’re supposed to clean your grills? Uh Oh. 😳

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        • RichieB
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          When the one touch sweeper doesn't sweep, yes it's time

        #5
        The first comment under that video is one I completely identify with.

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          #6
          Oh hell I figure you have to have at least one of these to round out your bbq experience !!!

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          • texastweeter
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            Lol thats your pits & spits

          #7
          All kidding aside, I tried using various brushes when I clean my kettles and they work but it takes some scrubbing. Out of curiously one day, I picked up this simple automotive tool I use to scrap engine gaskets, etc. and found it did a bang up job on kettle baked on grease. This product is Troutman approved

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          • RichieB
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            One of the videos I saw that was similar to what he used. The brush has a scraper and I used it a lot.

          • TripleB
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            That's what I use. Great little tool.

          #8
          Instead of the DNG, I use 9x13 disposable pans. Doesn't quite cover the entire indirect area, but does cover the majority of it, and you can pitch it when you're done

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            #9
            If I cleaned my old Kettle, it would probably fall apart.

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            • Troutman
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              Like an old transmission, don’t dare change the fluid

            #10
            Amazing how easy it is to clean an already clean grill…especially the cooking grate. 🙄

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              #11
              I always put down a big sheet of tinfoil on the cold side to catch all the drippings, roll edges a bit, and it will catch about everything. I’m definitely in the clean kettle camp. My grates get cleaned with every cook, the inside gets rinsed out with a hose once a month, and once a month I also use a cleaner - wax on the outside,

              yes, I know I’m in the minority.
              Last edited by Richard Chrz; May 7, 2024, 08:26 AM.

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              • Steve R.
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                This is what I was scrolling down to say. I would MUCH rather prevent a mess than clean one up. I don't let anything but ashes ever get below the charcoal grate. Heavy duty foil is my friend.

              #12
              I bought the DnG when I bought my kettle and I use it all the time. It’s great. I’ve deep cleaned my kettle once since I had it and it was a PITA. The DNG really does help as I haven’t had the need to do that again. I watched one of Chuds videos where he cleaned his Weber kettle and made it look nice and shiny. I tried to make mine look shiny too. Instead it looked meh, and when I reattached the sweeper arms I did it incorrectly and they created whole set of new problems. So……I’m good for now.

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                #13
                Weber Kettle Club has the way I clean. I also use foil on the charcoal grate. Directs air into the SnS and keeps the bowl clean.

                Weber Grill Restoration: Interior and Exterior Kettle Cleaning - Weber Kettle Club

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                  paint scraper


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                    #15
                    Self-cleaning ovens are a thing, I can't wait for self-cleaning grills.

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